Partners for Healing

Partners for Healing has received a $20,304 grant from The Healing Trust that will allow the local clinic to provide primary care specific to women, including PAP smears, breast exams, mammograms, blood pressure readings, cholesterol tests and mental health services. Executive Director Michelle Carmack, left, and Registered Nurse Linda Gaines display new printed materials the clinic purchased with a portion of the grant money.

Partners for Healing has received a grant from The Healing Trust that will allow the local clinic to focus on women’s health, according to Executive Director Michelle Carmack.

A nonprofit organization, Partners for Healing offers free primary care for the working uninsured in Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties.

The Healing Trust offers various funding opportunities, but the local clinic hadn’t received this type of grant previously.

“This is the first time we have received this type of grant,” Carmack said. “Right now, in the clinic we have a big focus on women’s health.”

The grant, in the amount of $20,304, will help Partners for Healing provide the necessary health resources to local women.

The funds will be used for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), according to Carmack. This initiative provides primary care specific to women and includes PAP smears, breast exams, mammograms, blood pressure readings, cholesterol tests and mental health services.

A key program goal is to increase education about heart health, cancer, breast self-awareness and screening guidelines, said Carmack.

The WHI program will also focus on early detection and prevention and raising awareness of “five important numbers,” said Carmack.

“This knowledge can save lives and focuses on five numbers, that all women need to know to take control of their heart health,” said Carmack.

These numbers are related to BMI (body mass index), blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, added Carmack.

The funds will also allow Partners for Healing to provide counseling for patients.

“Women have the opportunity to meet four times with their counselor, and that can be for all kinds of different reasons, not just depression,” Carmack said.

“We still have so many of our patients not taking advantage of that service. With this grant, [women] will have the opportunity to take advantage of it. We are really excited about that.”

Thanks to the grant, patients will have access to up-to-date information, as well. Partners for Healing will be able to order new brochures and other printed materials to offer to its patients.

“The grant is giving us the opportunity to get some new materials in the clinic,” Carmack said. “It’s giving us the opportunity to put out reminder postcards and get good health information out there.”

Guidelines related to medical recommendations get updated periodically. With the grant, the local clinic can now purchase pamphlets with the most current information.

Carmack thanked The Healing Trust for providing the funds.

“The Healing Trust is a longtime funder of Partners for Healing,” Carmack said.

 

About Partners for Healing

 

Since 2001, Partners for Healing has provided free primary health care to a population of low income, working uninsured. Launched by local community leaders, the clinic was initiated to improve community access to health care.

The patient population has grown to nearly 1,500 individuals.

Clinic services include acute and chronic care visits, medication assistance, diagnostic testing, mental health counseling, specialty referral, and diabetic and hypertensive disease management.

There is no charge to the patient for services provided by the clinic.

 

About The Healing Trust

 

The Healing Trust was formed from the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health/St. Thomas Health Services in 2002.

Since then, the organization has given more than $87 million in the Middle Tennessee community. Programs include hiring and orientation programs, leadership and employee partner development, mission-related education, community outreach and programs for seniors, according to www.healingtrust.org.

According to Carmack, The Healing Trust awarded funds totaling $800,000 in its most recent grant cycle.

Elena Cawley may be reached at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.

 

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